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Immigrant Health Toolkit from WA Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics

This toolkit provides relevant and practical information to empower providers in WA State to promote the health and well-being of their immigrant patients.

February 14, 2020 · Article


Chinese Mom and Baby Smiling

Postpartum Practices among Vietnamese and Chinese Patients

The goal of this handout is to increase awareness among practitioners serving Asian patients so that excellent care is delivered with sensitivity to patients’ values.

October 17, 2019 · PDF


Teaching Central American minors

Central American Minors Refugee Health Profile

Provide information to help resettlement agencies and healthcare providers gain a better understanding of Central American immigrants, their cultural backgrounds and population-specific health issues.

January 11, 2017 · PDF


Somali women and their children

Somali Perinatal Preference: A Summary for Providers

Recommendations for OB providers about Somali women's preferences for education and approaches to care during prenatal period and labor/delivery.

September 30, 2014 · PDF


Syrian Refugee Child

Developmental Screening with Recent Immigrant and Refugee Children

Article about developmental screening of immigrant and refugee children with information about developmental screening, literature review, qualitative findings, recommendations and discussion.

December 7, 2012 · Article


Cambodian Perinatal Culture-Bound Syndromes: Providing Care to Cambodian Women with Toas

Information about postpartum period sor sai kchey, which alludes to a period of fragile health lasting from one to three months after childbirth during which many traditional postpartum practices are followed.

December 2, 2010 · Article


Nutrition education in grocery store.

Group Nutrition Education Poster

1 page poster PDF summarizing a WIC group nutrition project for Spanish and Somali families.

August 17, 2009 · PDF


Oromo mother holder her baby

Oromo Immigrants and Breast Feeding Information

Information about Oromo practices and beliefs about breastfeeding.

August 14, 2009 · Article


Post-partum Practices among Vietnamese and Chinese Patients

A 2 page brochure and related poster about the post-partum practice of a "sitting month" among Vietnamese and Chinese patients.

August 14, 2009 · PDF


Toddler receiving health care from professional.

Failure to Thrive and Oral Aversion in Immigrant Infants and Toddlers

Summary report of a quality improvement project carried out to determine if there were common patterns found in the history and presentation of non-organic failure to thrive among Somali infants and if underlying cultural factors might be influencing this condition.

August 14, 2009 · Article


Somali Baby with blue clothing

“My baby refuses to eat!” Overfeeding of Somali Infants

Article describing a pattern of overfeeding Somali infants leading to conditions such as refusal to eat, oral aversion, failure to thrive; includes recommendations for clinically effective intervention and prevention.

August 14, 2009 · Article


Somali mother breast feeding infant

Somali Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Study: Infant and Young Child Feeding and Health Seeking Practices

The purpose of this study was to enhance an understanding of the contribution of poor child care practices to malnutrition (both acute and chronic) and subsequently provide key recommendations for simple and effective responses.

August 14, 2009 · PDF


Mother learning out to breast feed child

Breast Feeding Support for Somali Mothers

A powerpoint slide show about infant overfeeding in immigrant families, with focus on Somali families.

August 14, 2009 · PDF


Infant sleeping

Infant Sleep Position in Immigrant Ethnic Groups

A short article about the positions in which infants from different ethnic groups are placed to sleep.

August 14, 2009 · Article


Healthcare provider offering infant feeding education

Cultural Influences on Infant Feeding Practices

This article illustrates cultural influences on infant feeding practices through four cases and reviews the evidence for effective, culturally appropriate interventions to improve infant feeding.

March 25, 2009 · Article


Perinatal Profile for Patients from Somalia

Information to help providers become familiar with the cultural values and historical experiences of women from Somalia and their families, as it pertains to obstetrical outcomes and providing culturally appropriate care.

December 8, 2008 · Article


A pediatrician checks the lungs of two Somali boys using stethoscope

New Immigrant Children: Screening and Treatment Guidelines

Describes two components of medical screening of immigrant children new to the Harborview Child and Teen clinic: Preventive Health Interventions and Screening Lab Work.

March 27, 2007 · PDF


Photo of a pediatrician looking in the ear of a Somali girl

Approach to Medical Assessment and Screening for New Refugee and Immigrant Children

Guidelines on how to approach health assessment and disease screening in immigrant children newly arrived to the US and/or new to the Harborview Child and Teen Clinic.

March 27, 2007 · PDF


Cambodian mothers with their children

Cambodian Postpartum Practices

Article about postpartum traditions in Cambodian culture.

September 1, 2004 · Article


2 Cambodian teen girls looking at a laptop

Informal Assessment: At-Risk Cambodian Youth in Seattle

State of Washington has the third largest Cambodian refugee population in the U.S. with most Cambodians living in Seattle/King County.

July 1, 2003 · Article


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Delayed Bottle Weaning and Iron Deficiency in Southeast Asian Toddlers

This study was undertaken to determine if culturally influenced feeding practices are associated with iron deficiency in infants and toddlers from low-income families, including Southeast Asian families.

July 1, 1997 · Article


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Look more closely the next time that you examine the throat of a patient born in Africa. Is the uvula […]

September 1, 1996 · Article


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Peripartum and Infant Care Issues and Practices among Refugee Groups in Seattle

Some traditional practices around pregnancy and infant care in Southeast Asian and East African groups in Seattle.

August 1, 1996